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Sunday, February 6, 2005; Page BW11

Paperback
Fiction
1 THE KITE RUNNER (Riverhead, $14). By Khaled Hosseini

An Afghan immigrant returns to his Taliban-ruled country in the hope of atoning for a childhood betrayal.
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2 THE LAST JUROR (Dell, $7.99). By John Grisham

The scion of a small town's wealthy and corrupt clan vows revenge on the jury that convicted him of murder.
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3 THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT -TIME (Vintage, $12). By Mark Haddon. An autistic boy digs into a poodle's death, unearthing some family secrets.35
4 3RD DEGREE (Warner, $7.99). By James Patterson &

Andrew Gross. Terrorist acts jolt San Francisco, compelling the Women's Murder Club to investigate.
5
5 THE ZERO GAME (Warner Vision, $7.99)

By Brad Meltzer. Wagering on the outcome of pending legislation turns deadly for two Capitol Hill Staffers.
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6 DEAN KOONTZ'S FRANKENSTEIN: BOOK ONE:

PRODIGAL SON
(Bantam, $7.99). By Dean R. Koontz &

Kevin J. Anderson. Dr. Frankenstein in the 21st century.
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7 ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
55
8 WAIT UNTIL MIDNIGHT (Jove, $7.99)

By Amanda Quick. A spiritualist's murder harbors grave tidings for a Victorian couple's budding romance.
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9 LOVE OVERBOARD (HarperTorch, $7.50)

By Janet Evanovich. An early Evanovich yarn in which a detective leaves the city to open a bed & breakfast in Maine.
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10 VISIONS IN DEATH (Berkley, $7.99). By J.D. Robb

NYC 2059: Cop Eve Dallas is aided in her hunt for a serial killer by a psychic's alarming visions of the crimes.
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Nonfiction/General
1 DREAMS FROM MY FATHER (Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. A memoir of a diverse and challenging youth by the freshman senator from Illinois.
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2 READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her Western literature discussion groups for women students.
52
3 GUNS, GERMS AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the rise of civilization.
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4 THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Back Bay, $14.95)

By Malcolm Gladwell. A look at fads and their origins.
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5 THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY (Vintage, $14.95)

By Erik Larson. Serial killer Henry Holmes preys on Chicago residents amid the bustle of the 1893 World's Fair.
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6 A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular guide to science's grandest achievements.
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7 GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA,

AFGHANISTAN, AND BIN LADEN ... TO SEPT. 10, 2001

(Penguin, $16). By Steve Coll. Covert operations.
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8 THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: FINAL REPORT

OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST

ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES (Norton, $10)
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9 DON'T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT: KNOW YOUR

VALUES AND FRAME THE DEBATE (Chelsea Green, $10)

By George Lakoff. A playbook for progressive activists.
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10 THE GREAT INFLUENZA: THE EPIC STORY OF THE

DEADLIEST PLAGUE IN HISTORY (Penguin, $16)

By John M. Barry. The worldwide toll of the 1918 virus.
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Hardcover
Fiction
1 THE BROKER (Doubleday, $27.95). By John Grisham

The CIA finagles the release of an attorney from federal prison to gain access to a satellite surveillance system.
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2 THE DA VINCI CODE (Doubleday, $24.95)

By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail and a murderer's identity.
55
3 STATE OF FEAR (HarperCollins, $27.95)

By Michael Crichton. Eco-terrorists plot to create "natural disasters" in order to further their radical agenda.
7
4 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN

(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
54
5 CONVICTION (Random House, $25.95)

By Richard North Patterson. With an execution looming, a lawyer struggles to spare a man she believes to be innocent.
1
6 AFTERBURN (Atria, $24.95). By Zane

Yardley, a D.C. chiropractor pining away for his local bank teller, Raynes, finally marshals the courage to ask her out.
4
7 BY ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT (Putnam, $26.95)

By W.E.B. Griffin. In the launch of a new series, a Delta Force major is tapped to investigate a plane's hijacking.
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8 THE DA VINCI CODE: SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED EDITION

(Doubleday, $35). By Dan Brown. Hundreds of photos and images supplement the art and cryptology thriller.
10
9 NIGHT FALL (Warner, $26.95). By Nelson DeMille

Anti-terrorist expert John Corey is driven to reassess the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island.
7
10 CHAINFIRE (Tor, $29.95). By Terry Goodkind

The ninth book in Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" fantasy epic featuring Richard and Kahlan.
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Nonfiction/General
1 BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

(Little, Brown, $25.95). By Malcolm Gladwell

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.
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2 COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOSE TO FAIL

OR SUCCEED (Viking, $29.95). By Jared Diamond

The fatal consequences of ecological mismanagement.
5
3 AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO

DEMOCRACY INACTION
(Warner, $24.95)

By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.
17
4 GOD'S POLITICS: WHY THE RIGHT GETS IT WRONG

AND THE LEFT DOESN'T GET IT

(HarperSanFrancisco, $24.95). By Jim Wallis
2
5 CODE NAMES: DECIPHERING U.S. MILITARY PLANS,

PROGRAMS, AND OPERATIONS IN THE 9/11 WORLD

(Steerforth, $27.95). By William M. Arkin
1
6 WINNING THE FUTURE: A 21ST CENTURY CONTRACT

WITH AMERICA (Regnery, $27.95). By Newt Gingrich

Five areas of concern for the new administration.
3
7 HIS EXCELLENCY: GEORGE WASHINGTON

(Knopf, $26.95). By Joseph J. Ellis. Biography of the statesman from British army soldier to U.S. president.
12
8 THE CASE FOR DEMOCRACY: THE POWER OF FREEDOM

TO OVERCOME TYRANNY & TERROR

(PublicAffairs, $26.95). By Natan Sharansky
1
9 WITNESS: FOR THE PROSECUTION OF SCOTT PETERSON

(ReganBooks, $25.95). By Amber Frey. Intimate details from the first blind date to the media-frenzied trial.
4
10 BLOWING MY COVER: MY LIFE AS A CIA SPY

(Putnam, $22.95). By Lindsay Moran. An espionage career that was rather more drudgery and less James Bond.
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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended January 30, 2005. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2005 by Nielsen BookScan. (Right-hand column of italicized numbers reflects weeks on this list, which premiered in Book World on Jan. 11, 2004. The advice & self-help list below is based on sales from 1/3/05 to 1/30/05.)


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